Other Worlds: sci-fi, fantasy and supernatural titles

From urban fantasy to space-opera via fantasy quests, dystopian post-apocalyptic zombie romps, alternate history, warlocks, prophets, sword-n-sorcery, robots, telepaths and creatures of myth and mystery [phew], here are eighteen inspired titles from indie authors, new writers and a couple of old favourites to add to your to-read list… BEST LEFT IN THE SHADOWS by Mark Gelineau…

Bring Me Flesh: an undead detective

There’s a reason why this hardboiled gumshoe detective wears his hat brim low and his coat collar high: he’s got more to hide than most pulp fiction antiheroes. Vitus Adamson isn’t just a three-time loser, an ex-soldier, an ex-husband and an ex-father who investigates the small-change domestic trivia which the police barely even consider crime.…

Vigil: a satisfying vampire apocalypse

Ambitious and inventive, Vigil explores different dimensions surrounding the myth of the vampire while remaining true to the genre’s central tenet. It’s brutal and bleak; expansive but not pretentious. It extends the saga of the near-immortal blood-guzzling monster into tomorrow, a carefully considered and entirely credible post-apocalyptic future, where nukes have been used as a…

The Strain: scary vampires, not sparkly ones

There’s very little new in The Strain but it’s a well put together horror romp which successfully revitalises an old genre. Obviously intended to be adapted for the screen (it’s written by a film director after all, and has indeed been transformed into a TV series), this novel re-treads an old story in the modern…